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a government that afghans support. the question now will the fake ballots be thrown out? we showed the video to the chief electoral officer. what do you think when you see this video? >> i think this is a great proof for us and a great tool for us to -- to make sure that we only -- >> reporter: an improvement over last year when the election commission itself, facilitated fraud. if this year fraud is punished, afghans might gain trust in their fragile democracy. but if this year's election is seen as stolen. afghans will lose more faith their government represents them making the u.s. effort here each more difficult than it is already is. a rutgers football player is paralyzed from the neck down after making a vicious take during saturday's game against army. defensive tackle eric legrand lay on the field for five minutes after making the fourth quarter hit. legrand later had emergency
surgery to stabilize his spine. doctors say it is too soon to say if he will be paralyzed permanently. scary scene in the sky over a weekend air show outside phoenix. a motorized pair glider, crashed into a hot air balloon. the two got tangled in the air, hit the ground fast in front of horrified spectators. motor power and hot air can be a dangerous mix. >> the paraglider, flying around balloons, it is very deceiving what the balloon is doing. moving at 25, 28 miles an hour. the balloon is doing 25 or standing still. it is very deceiving to tell if the balloon is ascending, descending or what direct, it is going. >> amazingly the three people on board the balloon came awe with cuts and bruises. the glider pilot suffered head and spinal injuries and do not appear to beep life threatening. >> the fbi will question tiffany hartley as they investigate her
husband's murder. they questioned hartley last week and provided valuable information that allow the investigation to continue. hartley claimed her husband was killed while the two rode jet skis near the texas/mexico border last month. fresh from the miner of 33 miners, the president of chile meets with w queen elizabeth. he spent time retracing winston churchill's footsteps. he says he will bring a rock from the mine to britain's prime minister as a tribute to courage, faith and hope. 13 of the miners rescued, returned to the scene of their rescue for mass yesterday. the private service was in the area known as camp hope. that is a tent city where family members gathered to pray and await news. many miners arrived still wearing the sunglasses. of course they have been given them to protect their eyes after weeks of darkness. with that, now a look at your monday forecast. showers, thunderstorms, in much of the west. from los angeles to vegas.
up to salt lake city and denver. look for scattered showers from indianapolis, to cleveland, and columbus. a wet day most of pennsylvania. >> 60s, boston to baltimore. 79, atlanta. 83, new orleans. 50s in the twin cities. chicago, detroit. and warm 86 in phoenix. sacramento, 74. boysy, 67. mexico city is celebrating a new world record this morning. assembling the largest enchilada on the planet. >> guinness book record officials say it is 230 feet long and weighs 1.5 tons. the contestants want everybody to know it was made on the spot entirely from scratch, none of the ingredients as you can see are premade. >> plenty of tortillos, chiles, and sauces. >> if you consume that, there is a whole another world record, you and the restroom. >> we don't want to think about that, do we? >> i made you didn't i.
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some very news from some very sad news from tv land over the weekend. actress barbara billingsley, who played everyone's favorite mom on leave it to beaver passed away. >> for decades. people wanted wally and beaver's mom to be their mom too. >> hurry up, boy, you are going to be late for school. >> reporter: she was the original super mom, barbara billingsley, as june cleaver, the always sweet and supportive mother of wally and the beaver. >> will you be all right? >> sure, mom. >> reporter: june cleaver, exemplified the perfect pearl-wearing, stay-at-home mom, a post-war cultural standard. >> dear this coffee is cold. >> i don't know why i poured it 20 minutes ago when you said you would be right down. >> reporter: while she and the
cleaver family became a generation's ideal even billingsley had a hard time living up to it. she was married three times. and spent part of her career not baking cookies, but working as a single mom to two boys. >> well, how do you do? >> reporter: decades later celebrating the show's 50th anniversary she told abc about why she was such a glamorous housewife. the heels, they were an attempt to stay taller than the growing boys. and the pearls. >> i always had something around my neck, because i have a hollow there. it was hard in those days to photograph it. >> reporter: after beaver went off the air in 1964, billingsley says she saw to acting roles. but her career was revived in the 80s in the movie "airplane." >> i speak jive. >> reporter: turning her white bread reputation on its ear. >> sure i can talk jive, hang in there, blood. catch you on the rebound.
>> reporter: while she kept audiences laughing into her 90s. it was her role as june cleaver that made her an american icon. >> she certainly had an accomplished career before leave it to beaver. a fashion model and broadway actress. >> she loved drama and acting since the second grade. she wanted to devote her life to and did. >> so many moms out there compared themselves to her she made it look effortless as well. >> we know that is not the case. a different era of americana then. wonder what it would be like today if we could go back to the 50s. >> in honor of her we decided what it would be leak for the two of us to have been on the set of "leave it to beaver." >> a loss to hollywood. will always be remembered in american culture. we will be right back, everybody.
welcome back tyou welcome back the if you don't remember the 1970s tv show, the six million dollar man, an astronaut that researchers rebuilt with bionic body parts after a crash. >> what is fiction decades ago is reality. as nick watt reports. the technology has gone to the dogs and the cats. [ inaudible ] >> mess it up at that point. >> in a cat. >> enough, enough. >> reporter: nervous nurses prepare for surgery. e.r. jargon fills the air. >> we need a 2-7 and 2-0. >> reporter: pumping adrenaline,
preparations, surgeon-sized ego. >> you can film through the window for now. >> reporter: and anxious relatives wait for news. >> they're part of the family aren't they, they're your children. >> reporter: this is a multimillion dollar hospital with an m.r.i. scanner, machines that go ping, the hydrotherapy pool. >> this is your first time. >> reporter: here international interns learn from the master. >> ideally, should be on the side. >> yeah, i know. >> reporter: slightly crazy master. >> it is like an artist working with paintings. pen, please. >> reporter: and a messiahanic master. >> one thing before i die, i would like to explain why human surgeons should work closer together. >> reporter: no, fitzpatrick's patients are all cats and dogs. >> we'll make veterinary rock 'n' roll. >> reporter: operationize didn't
know were carried out on animals, happen here every day. >> hip replacement is routine to me. i kuconsider it routine. >> reporter: something that is not routine. fitzpatrick has attached bionic feet to a cat. >> a triumph, the perfect marriage of biology and mechanics. >> reporter: oscar's feats were slice off by a combine in a field. now he can run again. >> if the legacy helps animals, and then humans, there is no losers. >> reporter: mitzi was first to benefit. her foot was trampled and severed by a horse. >> there is a big piece of metal here inside the ankle bone. >> reporter: i am not a dog owner the i fi owner. i find this bizarre. >> you probably do.
i love her. i want herd to have four legs. >> reporter: her new leg behaves like a deer antler, skin and hair grows on to the revolutionary prosthesis. mitzi's new foot, $3,000. her owners don't care. >> loads of people spend thousands on boob jobs, and boob jobs. >> reporter: operations like these on oscar and mitzi have never been tried in the u.s. next month. fitzpatrick will fly to chicago to take part in the first such procedure on american soil. >> people who say it is only a dog, i don't understand that. because you have never experienced unconditional love. you just haven't. because if you had you would never say that. >> reporter: he believes humans have a responsibility to look after animals. he insists he is not experimenting, but he is pushing medicine forward. >> every living creature is just flesh and bone. so what we dupe here, may
benefit another dog, may benefit another human. the most important thing is this dog today. >> reporter: this dog, barney needs a new hip. so he is getting one. and humans may benefit down the line. >> they can't have an implant or a new technique in a human unless we do it on an animal first. because the licensing requirements are that is what should happen. >> some critics say fitzpatrick is going too far. his argument, in pushing the boundaries he is first and foremost doing what is best for animals like oscar. who would otherwise be put to sleep. >> you will never get a more black and white situation. life/death. so anybody who argues against us doing this should ask themselves the question -- look in his eyes. and you pull the trigger. off you go there, mate. >> reporter: and one day a human might just have feet like oscar's.
i'm nick watt in england. he is one dedicated surgeon. last time he took a vacation. 11 years ago. works seven days a week. in and out of surgery until midnight. he made it part of his home. the gym is a round the corner. >> he is dedicated. imagine what it could mean for humans down the road. more news after this. don't go far. [ woman ] so, i tried herbal essences
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former, retired cia agents. what "red" stands for. retired but extremely dangerous. you find out in the movie. now these guys are getting hunted down. all these crazy, good action scenes. they kind of get back together. out of retirement to find out why people are chasing them down and trying to kill them. good acting, some funny moments here. acting is okay. plot to me was so ridiculous and totally implausible. couldn't get into it. take a listen to this one scene. >> darling, is the ceo. >> gangsters. >> defense contractor. very connected. >> you know, if the c ifia is protecting him. he is under surveillance. >> we could go see him. >> you are not going without me. >> well, we are getting the band back together. >> good actress here. just, two kernels for me.
the plot was crazy. the guys get back together to find out why current cia are after them. dumb plot. >> i saw "conviction." >> looked so good. >> based on the true story. a sister spends 18 years of her life trying to clear the name of her brother, sentenced to life without parole for a brutal murder. she think she's got an unfair trial. she decides to come up with a plan. >> he is going to take a long, a really long time. and i might be 80 years old before i finally become a lawyer. even then i don't know if i can finance this. you just have to promise me -- you just have to -- that you will never try to kill yourself ever again. because if you do -- just don't. >> 3 1/2 out of five.
democratic duo. the first couple takes political action as the republicans and the tea party push for midterm votes. then, religious experience. an overwhelming return for chilean miners rescued from the deep. and epidemic epicenter. who is hardest hit by alzheimers disease? >> he was my rock. he was the breadwinner. >> it is monday, october 18th.
alzheimers is of course such an important topic, it affects every person. not one person out there who doesn't think about their parents or grandparents when it comes to this subject. >> my grandmother in 2004. >> it affects a lot of people. >> each study always something you want to stay tuned to. >> for sure on this case too. >> good morning. thank you for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. >> just over two weeks to midterm elections president obama on the stump again. this time he brought his so-called secret weapon the first lady. >> the obamas head lined before a huge crowd of young voters at ohio state university last night. democrats are hoping mrs. obama's enormous popularity will rally the faithful. here is david kerley. >> reporter: at this first campaign stop for the first couple, the president hopes some of his wife's huge approval rating rubs off as he makes his closing argument. >> ohio, it is up, it is up to you to tell them we do not want what they are selling. we have been there before and
we are not going back. >> reporter: an effort to close what is called the enthusiasm gap. democrats sitting back. while republicans are energized. a gap which left press secretary robert gibbs weeks ago to predict control of the house could be lost. >> i think our candidates have done a remarkably good job in a tough political environment. and i think that come election night we will retain control of the house and senate. >> reporter: analysts disagree saying republicans still stand to grab power in the house, but not the senate. it is getting nasty out there. john mccain, campaigning for the carly fiorina in california, dropped senatorial decorum and viciously attack aid democratic colleague. >> barbara boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the united states senate today. i know that because i have had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her. >> reporter: the senator's daughter also went on the attack. but she slammed a fellow republican. christine o'donnell, a tea party favorite running for senate in
delaware. >> christine o'donnell is making a mockery of running for political office. i just know in my group of friend it turns people off. she is seen as a nut job. >> for her part, o'donnell says the party has abandoned her. >> we are hoping the national republican senatorial committee will help us. but it is two and a half weeks left and they're not. >> reporter: money is tight for democrats too, with leaders even cutting off ad money to a dozen house incumbents now expected to lose. >> what we are doing is -- moving around money based on where the greatest dangers are. >> reporter: but the democrats are still worried. that's while you will see president obama traveling to the west coast again this week, california, oregon, washington, traditionally democratic states, but they now have races that are in play. david kerley, abc news, washington. some big campaign projects begin today for both parties. the first lady's work on the campaign trail is not over. she campaigns in new york and connecticut today.
the vice president, meanwhile will be in washington state and pennsylvania. bill clinton concentrates on the west today. rallying in both washington state and colorado. meanwhile, republican sarah palin starts a bus tour called the tea party express that will kick off in nevada. senate candidates debate today in west virginia, alaska, and connecticut. french leaders say they have been warned of a new al qaeda threat against europe. a report apparently came a couple days ago from saudi intelligence. french security forces on high alert for a few weeks. at one point had to evacuate the eiffel tower. france's interior minister in an interview yesterday said the threat is very real. the iranian president ahmadinejad says his country is ready to resume stalled nuclear talks. he says iran will enrich uranium for nuclear energy. at the same time, ahmadinejad says it is time for the u.s. and other powers to crack down on israel's alleged nuclear arsenal. iran is feeling the pressure of
several u.n. sanctions, talks could resume next month. days after the 33 miners were rescued, chile's president sebastian pinera meets with queen elizabeth today. he spent time in london retracing the steps of winston churchill. one of his heroes. pinear will bring a rock to the prime minister. as a tribute to faith and hope. an emotional return for a dozen miners sunday. they went back to the scene of the rescue to give thanks. neal karlinsky reports from chile. >> reporter: the miners who came back had to battle a crush of media and indescribable web of emotion. are you a little nervous coming back here? >> translator: yes, he says, i am very nervous. coming back so soon was too traumatic for some. more than a dozen miners didn't show. for those who did, the attention was overwhelming. this isn't just the first time many of the miners are coming back it is also the first time they're getting to experience in a real, up close way just how much interest there is in just about anything they have to say. the mass was held inside this
tent, right alongside camp hope, where they families held vigil for more than two months. cameras weren't allowed inside. and fellow miners took advantage of that. protesting lost wages and angrily accusing the mining company and government officials of saving 33 but abandoning 300 out of work because the mine is now closed. but the protests didn't overshadow the day, a day when miners gave thanks, wrote autographs for rescuers, and even hiked a hill to see the flags planted in their honor. one flag for each of the 33. >> translator: it is so impressive to see how the camp is, this miner said, taking down his own flag. god is always here. he knows what he is doing. neal karlinsky, chile. rutgers university community is devastated after a star football player was paralyzed from the neck down.
defensive tackle eric legrand suffered a spinal cord injury making a tackle during saturday's game against the army team. after emergency surgery to stabilize legrand's spine, doctors say it is too soon to tell if paralysis will be permanent. new ranking of the largest charities shows the recession is taking a serious toll on donations. the chronicle of philanthropy, reports that charitable giving dropped 11% last year, the worst decline since the journal started keeping track 20 years ago. four of the top ten charities reported an increase in donated goods rather than cash. well now here is a look at your monday forecast -- a wet day in the southwest from california to colorado. showers and thunderstorms in l.a., san diego, las vegas, denver and phoenix. ouch. dry for the rest of the country except for a few showers, indianapolis, pittsburgh. >> 60, new york. 68, baltimore. 80s from dallas to miami. 69 in kansas city. 50s from fargo to detroit.
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it is an a it is an alarming statistic. more than half of all americans know someone with alzheimers disease. >> to help build awareness, abc news has teamed up with california's first lady maria shriver to produce the shriver report. a woman's nation takes on alzheimers. >> in the first of our week long reports, christiane amanpour shows us how the disease hits reports, christiane amanpour shows us how the disease hits home. >> reporter: every seven second in the united states some one is diagnosed with alzheimers. and the country is ill prepared for the coming epidemic. >> with the coming of the babyboomers, coming of age, almost 80 million of them will be seeing a tsunami, increase in alzheimers disease. >> reporter: and women are at the epicenter they make up 2/3 of people who have alzheimers and of those who care for people with the disease. >> a big part of this has to do
with longevity. women are still living longer than men. >> got to run. >> reporter: karen parks understood her 80-year-old mother losing her memory. but her world came to a screeching halt when her 56-year-old husband jerry was diagnosed with early onset alzheimers. >> i could see myself sitting there, i thought to myself -- should i be putting my arm around my husband. am i hearing this right? i mean, you were -- it just absolutely stops you cold. >> reporter: with his lifelong passion for woodwork and building, jerry was at the top of his career as a successful construction executive. only to be laid off when his memory began to fail. >> i looked at the doc, i said, i had rheumatic fever when i was a kid, and i beat that. and i said i will beat this one too. i got to take a break. and he said, you know, you
really won't. so -- >> reporter: with two of their four children still at home they were forced to downsize and karen went back to work as a teacher, after a 20-year absence. >> he was my rock. he was the breadwinner. and -- i am having to take on some of that. i just -- i miss the jerry of before. >> all i hope is that every year that i have that i can be as productive as i can be and i want to enjoy life. i spent a lot of time focusing on the family and friends and doing the things i want to do. >> reporter: the debilitating disease affects the patient and the care giver who's more likely to become depressed, have an increase in heart disease and six times more susceptible to dementia. these women care givers suffer at work too. many are forced to go part time
or quit altogether. worsens, she'll have to cut back her hours. and she is not sure how she will afford the medical bills. according to the shriver report, the united states will spend an astounding $20 trillion over the next 40 years treating alzheimers. current treatments only slow the symptoms of patients like jerry who is in a clinical trial but he and karen both hope the government will provide more resources for families and more funding to find a cure. but for now, they say, they enjoy living in the moment. >> it is very hard to see your loved one that you want to spend forever with losing parts of things and seeing how frustrated and -- and -- hurt they feel when they know they can't do something. jerry and i decided that we are going to make best of this. and he has a fabulous attitude. >> i got over grieving. i thought this gives me a great opportunity. you know, gives me time to do
the things i want to do. for us to be upbeat, raise our family and friends up too. >> that disease is so tough. i lost my grandmother to that, back in 2004. there are so many awful ways -- awful diseases people can battle, but that one literally robs you of all cognizance of your life. the saddest part. literally, these people mentally deteriorate like that. >> to watch them and the frustration, having had family members in the same shoes to know what is happening but not be able to put night words. >> exactly. it is unbelievable. >> maria shriver will be on "gma" this morning, see her right there, find out more about women's nation, alzheimers, on this ground breaking report on our website abc.com. >> when we come back this morning, series, accusations involving justin biebe
let's be honest. if i told you one of the kids. the one accused of throwing the punch was justin bieber. suddenly everyone and their mom is covering the story according to radar online. justin bieber playing laser tag. he is 16. he is 12 years old. he and a kid get into a sort of fight. now there are two reports about what exactly happened. some reports say they're playing laser tag. the 12-year-old keeps going. he confronts him. a homophobic slur exchanged. and justin punches him in the face. the other version of the story is that they're playing laser tag, everything is going normal. and justin bieber is trying to run away from this kid, getting shot, and accidentally hits the kid in the face. what is known, the kid he ended up hitting. the dad is a lawyer. police were brought into the situation. >> of course. >> and justin bieber who has nothing but the pristine image. he did stick around. he told police, i accidentally hit the kid in the face.
never meant to do anything. i was running away. the boy sustained minimal injuries. did not require any medical attention at the time. again, he is being investigated for this alleged assault. you can imagine the eight gajillion fans, these girls are going to find the 12-year-old and give him a real beating. >> and the news, if there was an anti-gay slur, so much of that in the headlines, tragedies. let's hope that is not in the mix. we'll see where that investigation goes. on a happier note. ever seen one of the comedy central celebrity roasts, you know who i am talking about, lisa lampineli, incredibly raw, incredibly politically incorrect, insult comic. lisa got married. in "the new york times." over the weekend. unbelievable. can't show you too much of the sound bites from her comedy act, we would get thrown off the air because she is raw as raw gets. but she literally got married. and the guy, she met him. insulted him by using an anti-italian slur. lisa, three years later.
she was having troubles. he had been in and out of relationships. on a lark he sent her an e-mail. they talked. hit it off. and they got married. they're very much in love. so crazy, known as the queen of mean, insult comic now in love. beautiful bride. congratulations to lisa. >> guess who is cutting jessica simpson out of his life? her hair stylist. >> cutting, very good. >> if you have seen jessica simpson, reality show or anything like this, you know who this guy is, ken paves, always with her. they have an extension line, traveled. did the show together. real price of beauty. or whatever. well apparently, he and she have not been talking, like after 12 years of friendship. he, when asked specifically about it, said are you splitting up? yes, but no. we both have been busy. apparently though, according to sources, he is sick of her cycle of getting with a guy, devoting all her time and energy with the guy, smothering them, getting dumped and coming back to be friends with him.
>> really. he kind of got sick of the drama. said do your own hair? >> not the pr jessica simpson is probably hoping for. >> not at all. she had pretty tumultuous relationships here. yeah. >> the new boyfriend. eric johnson. he's saying the focus is all on him as well. >> good luck, jessica, hope your relationships and your future extensions are happy. >> hair is important, man, where all the beauty is, right in the hair. associated with sleep. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. lunesta has some risk of dependency. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling
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over fees. >> seeing those more and more often. a lot of people unhappy. >> it's ugly. finally this half-hour, if you have been to a really good kids' birthday party then you have probably seen an inflated bouncy castles. >> i still love those. you can say the concept caught on big time. a military idea blown into proportion. >> reporter: this is the fearsome russian military might we are used to seeing. this isn't. a dark green bundle stretched out, a pump attached, then fired up. in minutes, there stands one of russia's most famous weapons, the s-300 anti-aircraft missile launcher. there is the t-80 tank which can be inflated in just three minutes. at 200 pounds, easily repositioned. from the sky, it is seemingly impossible to see their blowups. not only is the shape of this dummy equipment extremely realistic, but there is also a
thin layer of metal and heating in different places throughout like the engine to fool enemy radar and thermal imaging systems. if it gets bombed, the fake t-80 costs $10,000, compared to a real one which can cost millions. >> translator: we're not making weapons of destruction we're making weapons of savings says the company head of marketing. our equipment and models save people and real military equipment. inside the small workshop, a row of women are hard at work. this started as a hot air balloon and bouncy castle company. now they're carefully cutting weapons out of finely woven thin cloth. sewing them together. >> translator: it is very complicated. look at the drawings we use, said this woman. our goal is to make it look good and in real size. the rest is a state secret. fake armaments aren't new. nato forces bombed fake serb tanks in kosovo, russia reportedly used decoys in the 2008 war with georgia. this is the next generation.